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"Stained stones kissed by
the English dead" likely
stones in No Man's Land
covered in blood
Poem could be addressing a single
lover or the country as a whole
Red lips are not so red
As the stained stones kissed by the English dead.
Kindness of wooed and wooer Refers to the "pure love" of
Seems shame to their love pure. countrymen sacrificing their
lives for each other
O Love, your eyes lose lure
When I behold eyes blinded in my stead!
Blinded eyes of men killed in
battle make the promises (of
love, glory) seem less
Romantic Implying the attitude that
feel/attitude. towards life wasn't
appreciated till death.
Your slender attitude The similes could be contrasting
Trembles not exquisite like limbs knife- the first line saying you're not
skewed, strong enough.
Rolling and rolling there
Where God seems not to care: God could have been seen has
Till the fierce love they bear an important role to the
Cramps them in death's extreme soldiers `'seems not to care''
decrepitude. suggests that he's not on their
This line could be referring to a remembrance
ceremony, the repetition of always seeing people
die, so the singing may have started off soft, but
Perhaps could also indicate due to the amount of deaths there isn't much
shouting. significance any more.
Your voice sings not so soft,--
Though even as wind murmuring through raftered loft,--
Your dear voice is not dear,
Gentle, and evening clear,
The hyphens at the end
As theirs whom none now hear, could also indicate that a life
Now earth has stopped their piteous mouths that coughed. is not fully finished and not
fully lived.…read more
Contrasts the idea of romance and
love shown throughout the poem.
He was cold hearted and brutal.
No man is appreciated
Heart, you were never hot until they've died. It take a
death for people to realise
Nor large, nor full like hearts made great with shot; how great a person was
And though your hand be pale,
Paler are all which trail
Your cross through flame and hail:
Weep, you may weep, for you may touch them not.
Religious reference or Starts of positive with `you may
patriotism. The cross he touch them' but then the
holds or represents (English opportunity is snatched away by
flag) ending the line with `not'…read more